Leave a Comment
Fans are closer than ever to finding themselves once again laughing along with the Conner family on ABC's hit sitcom Roseanne. To celebrate this latest (and hopefully greatest) TV revival, Roseanne has gone public with its newly crafted opening theme song and opening credits sequence. Of course, no one is going to mistake this tune for that of any other show out there. Check it out!
If you're like me, you just spent 36 seconds or so using your mouth to mimic every instrument used within the freshened-up opening sequence. I'm pretty sure I could be a perfect stand-in for that harmonica, assuming something ever happens to it in the near future. (Not that I'm making threats to any musical equipment.)
These revised titles will be beyond familiar to anyone who spent a chunk of the '80s and '90s glued to the screen while Roseanne Barr and John Goodman headed up one of the most relatable TV families in the medium's history. Viewers are invited into the Conner kitchen as all the characters are milling about in pre-dinner preparations. And as it has gone with each iteration before it, this most recently revamped bluesy ditty wraps with Roseanne's silence-shattering laugh. Worth noting here, though, is that Roseanne isn't the only character whose laughs can be heard in those final seconds, which is one of the more interesting ways for this series to display a sense of inclusion.
Because talking about the things that are different is a more interesting process, let's talk about all of these new and familiar faces. Starting things off with Dan kissing Roseanne is a classic touch, and it's no surprise that Sara Gilbert's Darlene is the next character we see, since the actress (and executive producer) was one of the driving forces behind the Roseanne's return. We then watch the great Laurie Metcalf emerging as the inimitable Aunt Jackie, and we're already waiting on her to win Emmys. And then whatever award one wins for wearing a sweater like this. I mean, there is no sweater like this.
Next up, we get a clever back-of-the-body shot of Lecy Goranson's Becky as new additions Mark Healy (Ames McNamara) and the phone-minded Harris Healy (Emma Kenney) make their first appearances. (And that's Darlene and David's son Mark, not Becky's husband, since we still don't technically know what happened to him.) And then in walks Michael Fishman's D.J., whose daughter Mary (Jayden Rey) is the character that sets off that memorable laugh. Quite the honor to have. Though she's not shown here, we'll also see Sarah Chalke returning to play a surrogate for O.G. Becky, though the youngest kiddos from the original run will not be used this season.
While many TV revivals out there take a little time to get back into the swing of things, this classic sitcom only needs to hit the dinner table to make viewers feel right at home again. Roseanne will make its big return debut on ABC on Tuesday, March 27, at 8:00 p.m. ET. To see what other shows are on the way, head to our midseason premiere schedule.